Thursday, 29 November 2018

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette
This is the second year that I've treated myself to one of the Hourglass holiday palettes and although I was initially torn between the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Volume 4 and the Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette, I ended up opting for the latter. There is a few reasons why and that's because as a fan of Hourglass, I actually already own a few of the shades in the former palette already and therefore it made sense to go for one with completely new hues in. 

I've got to mention to packaging first of all because once again Hourglass have hit in the nail on the head. The gold casing looks perfect in my collection and although it's obviously a bigger compact than just a face powder as it has six different products inside it, it does save space in my makeup bag too. 

I was worried that the shades would be too dark for me after seeing lots of swatches online, but as it's Hourglass, the finely filled powders can be built up or blended out to get your desired effect super easy. This palette has your whole face covered from finishing powders, bronzer, blushers and a highlighter too. The finishing powder comes in both a Soft Light and Filtered Light shade, the former being more suited to my skin tone as it's much lighter and creates a subtle glow to the complexion. The darker shade is just a little bit too dark to work as a setting powder for me personally at this time of the year as I like something with a brightening effect, but I can see myself making this work in the warmer months. 
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette Review
Not that this is particularly logical, but one of the reasons I was tempted by the palette was because of the bronze shade. Hourglass powder formulas are so dreamy to work with and I've had such a great result from using them in the past that I had my eye on this from the get go. Although it looks very dark in the pan when used on the cheeks in gives a natural warmth to the skin and although there's quite a lot of shimmer in it, I actually quite like it for once as it makes my complexion look a little healthier especially at this time of the year. 


The two blushers were the stand out products for me initially as they're so gorgeous to just look at! Nude Glow, a peachy, golden shade which would work to give the face a glow if you're on the go. My favourite has to be Mood Flush which is more on the matte side which is a nice contrast to the other powders in this palette and the rosy pink hue is great for everyday wear. 
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette
The highlighter, a champagne hue is fairly deceptive as I thought it would be a little more on the "very subtle, nothing to write home about" shade, but I was wrong. In the inner corners this really brightens up the whole area and when used on the tops of the cheekbones it gives a dreamy sheen. 

Of course the pan sizes aren't great in terms of actually getting a brush into them, but I only tend to have a problem if I'm using a very, very fluffy brush otherwise I hardly notice. If you're worrying about using these up to quickly, I can assure you that you won't as you barely make a dent in them (I have a blusher I've used for years and it looks barely touched to this day!). 

Hourglass are of course a very luxe brand so there's the high price point to take into consideration, but if you're looking to try a few products from the brand and you're after an easy to use travel palette, then I'd definitely recommend this if you can still get your hands on it. The overall look it gives in undeniably gorgeous and can easily be transitioned from day to night. I've even had success creating an everyday eye look out of it, so I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this throughout the next couple of months and then into the next season. 

Have you tried the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette? 

Here are a few places to keep your eyes peeled if you're looking to snap up this palette as it's sold out pretty much everywhere + the other palette if you fancy treating yourself too. 
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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

A Full Face Of Makeup

Full Face Of Makeup
Full Face Of Makeup
A full coverage base, a smokey eye look and a strong lip isn't something I wear on a daily basis, but I've definitely been wearing it on a more regular basis recently. I love dewy, minimal makeup, but this post today is dedicated to my favourite products for a full face of makeup. 

I start off with a primer in the former of the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow* offering to ensure that my base looks glowy and healthy for the get go. I then go in with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation* if I'm feeling like I need a heavier coverage, but with a natural finish. I particularly like applying this with my Beauty Crush Foundation Brush* to ensure my makeup looks flawless and is applied in a matter of a seconds. 

For underneath the eyes, I go for the Huda Beauty Overachiever Concealer* as it brightens and covers my under eye circles whilst remaining in place all day long. For blemishes and scarring on my face, I like to use the Too Faced Born This Way Sculpting Concealer as it's lightweight, blends easily into other formulas and looks super natural too. 

To mattify the whole face, I like using the Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder* which creates a flawless face and minimises pores all in one go. I wouldn't usually say I'm one for baking my under eyes, but this has made it easy and never looks cakey either. For added warmth, I go for the Nars Laguna Bronzer* as it can be used all over and it never looks muddy on my complexion. It can also be used to sculpt the cheeks and define the forehead too. 
Full Face Of Makeup
For highlighter, I've been using the Laura Mercier Indiscrection Face Illuminator as it adds a subtle sheen to the cheeks, but it's the ABH Amrezy Highlighter* that I have to go for when opting for a full face of makeup. It's back in stock now which makes me very happy as it's honestly so dreamy - if you're doubting whether to buy it, I'd definitely recommend investing. 

I love experimenting with my eye makeup and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette* is one of my favourites alongside the Urban Decay Naked Cherry* offering. Sometimes I can't pick just the one, so I mix them both, but honestly the ABH pick is amazing for creating a variety of looks. When I'm going for a full coverage foundation, I like to go a little heavier on the eyes in the form of a smokey eye and then I finish up with the Soap and Glory Supercat Liner*. This paired with the Nars Climax Mascara creates a well put together, volumised and defined look that I'm obsessed with. If I'm feeling paritcuallty jazzy then I tend to line with the Nudestix Golden Rose Rock n Roller* as it's super long lasting and very pretty on the eye too especially if I'm going for a simple eyeshadow on the lid. 

Nothing has really changed when it comes to well defined, long lasting brows as the ABH Dip Brow* is still one of my favourites. It's super easy to use although you may need to go in with a light hand at first unless you're used to how a pomade works as you may get more than you bargained for. 

To finish the whole look off, I've been using either a classic nude or the Charlotte Tilbury Screen Siren Hollywood Lips* as the red hue is very flattering on and doesn't budge for hours. It can easily be topped up and there's something about a red lipstick that never fails to make me feel sassy. 

What are your full face makeup favourites? 

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018

A Luxury Christmas Gift Guide

A Luxury Christmas Gift Guide
I've got to say whilst putting this gift guide together, my wishlist has grown considerably too. There's everything from bags to jewellery, from homeware to clothing, there's something for everybody whether they want to treat themselves or a loved one this festive season. I've tried to steer clear from the usual electronics as of course getting an iPhone, MacBook or new radio is always going to be an appreciated luxe gift. 

This Whistles Aria Star Embroidered Dress is absolutely gorgeous and honestly I'm tempted to treat myself for Christmas. In fact, Whistles is a great brand to check out if you're looking to treat yourself or a loved one as so many of their clothes, jewellery and bags are super dreamy. And Other Stories is another brand I've been eyeing up doing a haul from including their Embellished Tassel Bag which just screams festive to me. 

Missoma is what is at the top of my Christmas list at the moment and the Celestial Star Stud Set are just too adorable to miss - just look at them! If Missoma doesn't tickle your fancy then I'm sure Alex Monroe will, the classic Baby Bee Necklace is definitely popular for a reason. 

It's been three years since I started lusting after The White Company Cashmere Socks and I'm sure that there are lots of cold feet that would love these - a lot more luxury than your packet of socks, but would be well received. 

If you're looking to buy a beauty lover something, but maybe you're strugglignas they have everything then I'd recommend one of the Laura Mercier bath sets like the Luxe Indulgences Ambre Vanillé offering as it's great for a giving somebody the excuse to unwind and relax over the Christmas period. Equally, the Molton Brown Explore Luxury Women's Set* is just as lovely as you get an array of eight bottles to try and it comes in at £25 - so not too expensive either. 

Anthropologie is one of my favourite homeware brands and I love anything that I get from them. Their Mercury Globe Vase is too pretty and their Large World Globe would look great on my shelves too. 


What's on your Christmas wishlist this year? 

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Saturday, 24 November 2018

Minimal Makeup

I've been loving a fuller coverage base at the moment which is pretty unlike me, but I've always been enjoying a dewy, more lightweight look for everyday too. I chose to talk about the latter today, sharing my makeup products and routine with you. 

The star of the show and the product that I'm going to be completely honestly with you about. Before getting in sent to me a few weeks back I'd never heard of the brand, but the Erborian BB Crème Au Ginseng* is a new favourite. The shade range is abysmal, but I've got the shade Clair which adapts to my skin tone to make it a perfect match. It's formula isn't anything like I've tried before as it's slightly thicker which I enjoy using as it's easy to blend and build up on the skin. 

When I want an extra dose of coverage, I reach for the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away* or Glossier Stretch Concealer to cover redness and blemishes without looking heavy or out of place on the skin. To set my makeup I opt for the Glossier Wowder Powder as it looks like nothing on my complexion whilst lightly mattifying and prolonging my base too. 

I've already mentioned Glossier a lot in this post, but they do embody the no-makeup, minimal look perfectly and one of my favourite products of theirs are the Cloud Paints. These cream blushers can be blended together to create customisable shades and I like using the shade Dusk to slightly contour my face and then add a pop of colour to my cheeks in the form of Haze. 

If I want to use something else then I go for the Charlotte Tilbury Seduce Me Blush Duo* which took a little while to get used to as if you're looking for an intense look then this won't be for you. The highlighter adds a slight sheen and the colour is quite subtle, but great if you're already rather flushed from the cold weather. 

For my eyes, I tend to use my usual mascara, but the Soap and Glory Archery Crayon and Gel* is what I use for simple makeup days. I find that your brows can be the telltale sign that you are wearing lots of products in them if done wrong, so this crayon adds just the right amount of colour and shape that it doesn't look unnatural when I've gone bare with my base. 

To finish, I apply some lip balm and spritz my face with the Caudalie Beauty Elixir* to add a luminous look and pull the makeup look together. 

What are your favourite minimal makeup products? 

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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Beauty and Fashion Black Friday Deals

Beauty and Fashion Black Friday Deals
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I'm sure you're already sick of hearing about it, but Black Friday is nearly upon us and I wanted to share with you my favourite picks and best savings that I've found across the internet. From beauty to fashion, I think there's something for everybody. 

Cult Beauty are currently offering 15% off a £25 spend, 20% off £100 and then 25% off £250 making it great if you're looking to stock up. I treated myself to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Unlocked Palette and the Sol De Janeiro Set. If you're an Origins fan like myself then check out this Black Friday Set which is down by 44% it may be a good present to yourself or a loved one this Christmas too. 

Look Fantastic are also having a sale on with up to 50% savings including the Pixi Glow Tonic and YSL Touche Eclat + Mini Primer Set. Charlotte Tilbury are offering amazing deals on their beauty kit deals and if you're a fan of the high end brand it isn't one to miss out on as there's some steals. The Instant Look In A Palette is down from £49 to just over £29 and the Mini Hot Lips Set looks perfect for a Christmas gift too. 

If you're looking for homeware, Urban Outfitters is the place to be. The Velvet Floor Cushion, Heavy Pile Black and White Rug and Large Brass Plant Pot are three of my top picks from them, but it's worth a look nevertheless. 

ASOS have 20% off everything with code HELLO20 on their site which is where I'm probably going to be on as it means I can shop both beauty and fashion in one place - using up my left over birthday vouchers in the process too. Topshop are currently having up to 50% off everything in their sale and there's some real gems in there too. 

Everything below has either got websites with savings on or are items in the sale already: 

What are your top Black Friday picks? 
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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

A Christmas Stocking Fillers Gift Guide


A Christmas Stocking Fillers Gift Guide
Although I get excited about finding main Christmas presents, it's the stocking fillers that I'm always drawn to whenever I'm looking around. Of course everyone's budget is different so I've made sure that there's products from £4 up til £12 in this round up and a good mix of beauty, lifestyle and gadgets too. 

Oh socks... the ultimate stocking filler in my opinion - The cosier, the better too. I always look out for lounge socks like these ones as they tend to be affordable and a great pick for those who get cold in the Winter. If you know somebody is more of a slipper person, I'd definitely recommend checking out these New Look Pom Pom Slippers - just look how adorable they are! 

Technology accessories are always well received especially to play around with during the Christmas time especially this Clip On Selfie Light which I can imagine would be popular during NYE too. Novelty stocking fillers like Brussels sprouts chocolates are always funny, but I do like making them useful and books are a great way to do this too especially this gin recipe book which would be great for any cocktail lover.  

One of my favourite beauty stocking fillers I've seen is the L'Occitane Shea Butter Star Set* as they have quite good sample sizes inside, perfect for a Christmas pamper. If you want something similar, but you don't want to spend that much then popping in a Lush bath bomb would be a great surprise in your stocking too. 

What are your favourite stocking fillers to receive? 

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Monday, 19 November 2018

Cyber Week Fashion Deals

Cyber Week Fashion Deals
Cyber Week Fashion Deals
Cyber Week Fashion Deals
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With Black Friday coming up and Cyber Week upon us, I like to keep my eyes open for any deals and discount codes as this is the time of year that I start my Christmas shopping and if I can save in any way, then it's a plus for me! I will update you on all the Black Friday deals when it gets to the big day, but I thought I'd give you the heads up if you wanted to start saving now (as I'll probably just be treating myself). 

If you're looking to treat yourself to a new Christmas frock and jumper then Boohoo currently have up to 50% absolutely everything on their site. Not that I need any more midi skirts, but I know this Leopard Print Satin offering would appeal to many, but I may need to snap up this Snowflake Knitted Jumper as I've never owned a Christmas jumper before (can you believe it?). 

ASOS have up to 60% off in their sale at the moment. These Block Heel Red Boots are absolutely gorgeous and I'm so tempted because they'd sure brighten up my Winter wardrobe. On top of that I've kept eyeing up the Oversize Mono Boucle Coat and now it's got a bit of money off it may need to be mine, but the Red Check Duffle Coat is the other one that I may need to invest in too. 

Now, ASOS also has 20% off everything with the code (HELLO20)! Such a good deal if you've been eyeing up a few things. I've been eying up the Missguided Heritage Check Coat, ASOS Zebra Midi Dress and New Look Slogan Tee too. 

Here are my favourite ASOS picks:
Slippers are always such a popular Christmas present and the Totes Pom Pom Slippers are now down to £10 which would make the perfect stocking filler and similarly this Quiz Leopard Print Scarf would be a great present too (you get 20% the scarf at Debenhams with the code RK22). Also great for a present, the Ted Baker Card Holders are in the sale including this Cat Whisker One - it would be great for somebody's main present. 

Missguided has 20% off at the moment with the code Droppin and there's a lot on there to snap up like the Red Balloon Jumper and the Black Polka Dot Print Midi Dress which looks similar to the sold out Topshop one that everyone was after! Nasty Gal are also currently doing 50% off absolutely everything too which is such a good deal - I recommend their slogan tees especially the Two Faced Tee that I wear a lot. 

Here are a few of my other top picks from the deals I've seen so far: 

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Have you spotted any good Cyber week deals yet? 
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Sunday, 18 November 2018

Autumn Beauty Favourites

Autumn is my favourite season for several reasons; there's my birthday, the build up to Christmas (and lots of other celebrations) and then the makeup... berry tones and golden hues in all of their glory! I've covered quite a few topics this season including what's in my makeup bag and my favourite shades, but I wanted to give you a full round up of everything I've been using this Autumn in one post. 

As always my foundation barely changes as I'm a creature of habit, but my base routine which I featured in a recent blog post of mine is usually made up of a variety of products including the Bourjois Healthy Mix and Clinique Even Better* base. To make sure my skin  is looking hydrated and glowing I've been using various moisturisers before my makeup.

This season I've been trying out lots of new concealers and therefore I've gained a couple of favourites in the process. The Huda Beauty Overachiever Concealer* is great underneath the eyes for a brightening and smooth effect, whereas the Too Faced Born This Way Sculpting Concealer* has grown on me over the last couple of months and I now use it everyday. To set my makeup I've been loving the Huda Beauty Ease Bake Powder* and I won't go on as you've heard it all before, but it's great at making your skin feel smooth and look matte. 

My blushers rarely change either and I'm still using the Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Blusher* which is my go-to Autumn hue. I then define my cheeks using the Nars Laguna Bronzer* which happens to warm up my complexion also and then I sweep a bit of the Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator over the top of my cheeks. 

For my eyes I've been loving the Charlotte Tilbury The Vintage Vamp Quad* and I predict it's going to be my Christmas eye makeup look of choice. The Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette* has also been a palette I've been reaching for as it creates a variety of looks for every occasion and I can really make this work for everyday too (who would have thought?!). When applied with the Hourglass Blaze Scattered Lights Eyeshadow it creates a gorgeous warm toned sparkly eye that would work perfectly with a red lip. Talking of a red lip, I'm so glad I discovered the Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick* in Screen Siren in the CT advent calendar as it's really surprised me. It's lightweight, easy to apply and is comfortable too - this has been my "I want to wear something to jazz up an outfit" lipstick choice recently. For my nude lipstick I've been using either the Nars Anita Lipstick* or the Nudestix Purity Lip Pencil* - they're so fab I can actually see myself using these two up! 

Back to my eyes and I've recently rediscovered the Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner* which is a thin liner which creates a defined flick and is long lasting too. With a quick few layers of mascara I'm ready to go. 




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Saturday, 17 November 2018

A Christmas Homeware and Lifestyle Gift Guide


I knew that this Christmas gift guide was going to be the hardest one to put together as I wanted a good range of ideas from homeware to unique edible gifts that can be given to anybody. Sometimes you're not sure what the person you're gifting is currently into or you want to give someone a present they're not expecting, so here are my top homeware and lifestyle picks for this year. 

Candles are always very welcomed and of course an Overose Valkiria or a Diptyque Candle would be a lovely treat if you're looking to spend a little bit more. If you're looking for a great budget option then the Yankee Christmas Cookie will be your best bet as it's loved by many. 

Cookbooks, diaries and planners can all be great affordable gifts that can be given on their own or part of a bigger present. The Gin Made Me Do It looks great for a cocktail lover and in fact Oliver Bonas is a great place to look for lifestyle pieces as their the Prosecco alternative is great too. 

Jewellery is something that can be super special and doesn't have to break the bank either. Of course it's something hard to get right, but John Greed kindly sent me over two of their pieces from their collection and it's one to check out as there's lots of pieces under £30 that look more expensive. 
What are your top Christmas homeware and lifestyle picks? 

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Friday, 16 November 2018

A Christmas Beauty Gift Guide


A Christmas Beauty Gift Guide
It'll come as no surprise that the beauty Christmas gift guide is my favourite one to put together and it comes hard to narrow down all the lovely gifts that they have on offer. I wanted to make sure I had a good range of brands and prices to ensure that there is something for everybody. 

When creating this post I always end up adding so many to my wishlist, but currently at the top is the Beauty Bakerie Flour Powder Set as I've wanted to try this product out for the longest time and as it's on the Boots star gift it makes it a bargain. You get the powder, a beauty sponge and a face brush all for £20! A great present for yourself or a loved one. 

Since a few years back when Pixi really upped their Christmas collection game, I've been checking back every festive season now too. You can get the Endless Silky Eye Pen Trio* for £12 which is a great gift for anybody looking to experiment with their eye looks or the Best of Rose Set* would be well received by any skincare enthusiastic. The Ultimate Beauty 5th Edition* although £28 is actually such a great deal as you get 9 blush, bronzer and highlighter hues and then 40 (!) eye and brow shades for you to play around with. 

We all know how expensive Christmas can be so I like to shop around looking for the best deals, alongside the Boots 3 for 2 deal which is always a yearly favourite, World Duty Free also has some bargains. The Benefit Confection Cuties* would be a great gift for somebody who loves high end makeup without breaking the bank - to be fair all of their gift sets are worth a look!

Origins is worth a look this year as their Best of the Best Set is lovely and their Mini Masks is great if you know somebody who travels a lot or that wants to try out all of their masks without committing. 

Lastly, Charlotte Tilbury, the ultimate luxe beauty brand that just screams Christmas to me. I love wearing their makeup over the festive period and their gift sets certainly haven't disappointed this year. The Mini Hollywood Lips Duo* has two generous sized liquid lipsticks that would be perfect for this time of the year or for those wanting to try something from the brand and the Mini Magical Brush Kit* is such an adorable present idea too. 

What are you top beauty Christmas present picks this year? 

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Little Changes To Make To Your Skincare Routine

Little Changes To Make To Your Skincare Routine
I love learning new tips and tricks when it comes to skincare whether it's a new tool or a different way to apply my moisturiser. I've been researching simple ways to spruce up my routine and today I'm sharing with you the little changes that have made a big difference. 

I've suffered with dehydrated, chapped lips for pretty much every Autumn/Winter for as longs I can remember. I rely heavily on lip scrubs, balms and treatments to keep them at a level where I can wear lipstick and it doesn't look awful. Even in the Summer my lips suffer from whenever they're exposed to the sun, so although I try and keep them protected they still get dry. The Lush Sugar Plum Fairy is definitely one to pick up if you need something to use on a daily basis and it's one that has made a huge difference in the way my lip products look when worn. 

I can't tell you how excited I am to have a jade roller in my skincare routine as I've lasted after one for ages now. I've heard such good things about time when used both warm, at room temperature and when cold too. I've got my hands on the new Gatineau White Jade Facial Roller* which promises to promote blood flow, lymph drainage and improve the skin's glow too. Although only a small addition, I've loved using it and have actually seen a difference in a very small amount of time which surprised me. 

Another change I've made to my skincare routine is popping products into the fridge especially the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum* which spurred this one. It contains L-Absorbic Acid ie Vitamin C which apparently is best used immediately, but to prolong usage even further popping it in the fridge can help preserve it too. 

I saw this tip the other month and I can't remember where, but it's been on my 'must try that' list for some time. Basically, they explained that you should apply your moisturiser 3 minutes after your cleanse/toner to ensure you get optimum hydration as moisturiser traps in water in your skin. I can't say I've seen a huge difference, but there's definitely one to at least note - I'm wondering if it'll improve over a longer period of time too. 

What are your top skincare tips? 

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

A Budget Christmas Gift Guide Under £15

A Budget Christmas Gift Guide Under £15
The Christmas gift guides are now in full swing and I've really loved putting them together! One that I knew I wanted to do is a budget one as it's a gift guide I would find useful myself, I gave myself the challenge of making sure each present or gift idea is all under £15.

For a beauty lover, I would definitely recommend checking out the Caudalie gift sets as they have some amazing bits for under £15. A present idea that I thought would work really well is the Hand Cream Trio*, a set of 3 hand creams for £12 which can be separated  and then you can pair it with a nail vanish, lip scrub or bath bomb to make a little self care bundle that doesn't break the back. If this duo doesn't tickle your fancy, they do a super cute Vinosource Cracker* which is worth £20.50 making it a bargain too - pair this with a simple Face Inc Rose Glow Face Mask are you've got a very lovely present any beauty lover would be happy to have. 

I promise I won't make this gift guide all about beauty, but giving makeup for a present doesn't have to be scary. This Origins Mini Face Mask Set is such a great idea and as it's £15 making it a great gift on it's own or the Soap and Glory Pink Credibles Set* is going to be welcomed by anybody. Equally check out the sales as there's quite a lot around like this Burton Watch which would be great for your boyfriend, dad or anybody that may be a little harder to buy for as it's pretty simple. 

A similar idea, but one that can be given to pretty much anybody is the get a miniature This Works Sleep Spray Set and put it with a book (Amazon do very affordable books for under £4 and some of them are on a 3 for £10 saving too!) to give to anybody that needs a little bit more time to themselves. Likewise you can adapt this to different people, if you know the person isn't a fan of reading, but they love relaxing with a candle, then the Yankee Candle 4 Pack will be your best bet. 

There's so many jewellery pieces out there that can look very snazzy, but be easy on the bank account too. John Greed kindly sent me over a couple of their pieces and although neither is under £15, their Gold Horn Earrings give me serious Missoma vibes at a fraction of the price. 

Themed presents as I've previously mentioned always go down a treat. For a teenager, I always think getting a cosy pair of socks and a hot chocolate set makes for a lovely put together gift idea. For an adult you could grab them a keep cup and make yourself a hot chocolate set inside of it too or make it alcoholic getting a Tequila Cocktail Book and then a gold rimmed glass too. Someone who likes to use their phone may enjoy a Lens Clip for their phone to create arty looking shots and if you want to get them a phone case or a portable charger to go with it. 


What are your top picks for budget Christmas presents this year? 

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Monday, 12 November 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Advent Calendar

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Advent Calendar
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Advent Calendar Review
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Advent Calendar Review
If you've been around here for a while, you'll know that Charlotte Tilbury is the brand I love to use around the festive period. There's something about the rose gold casing and gorgeous shades that make them a dream to use. When I was sent the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe* I was over the moon and it was like Christmas came early! I wanted to give you a little tour of this advent calendar and my thoughts on the contents too. You may need to read to the end as there's something that I think you'd love *hint hint*. 

Each product is individually wrapped with burgundy tissue paper behind each door and I feel like that's just the start of it as the exterior packaging has to be noted too. I was worried that the glitter was going to get everywhere, but you'll be pleased to know that it doesn't come off at all and the whole box looks so luxe and very fitting for Christmas. 

Now onto what's inside and the twelve products range from a facial moisturiser to a liquid lipstick, meaning you get to try out a variety of CT's products in generous trial sizes and still have four full sized products at the end too. The Hollywood Lips in Screen Siren is a new addition to my collection and a formula I haven't tried before. I've never tried them as I haven't heard much about their liquid lipstick, but wow this colour is dreamy, long lasting and comfortable too. 

Another product in the box that I didn't even realise existed was the Multi-Miracle Glow, a rose scented cleanser, mask and balm trio. It can be used to nourish any areas in dire need of hydration, to remove your makeup or as a mask to create a refreshed, smoothed complexion. I haven't tried this enough yet to give many thoughts, but I have to say it smells incredible and has a lovely texture too it - not too watery, nor thick. 
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Advent Calendar
The product that I've heard so many amazing things about and I was so excited to try is the Magic Cream, but I wasn't expecting such a generous trial size (a retail price of £27 on it's own). It's 15ml, but with the texture and formula I can imagine this lasting me a good six weeks of use in the evening. It's a thick cream that doesn't feel heavy on the skin and just makes my complexion drink it up. It's lightly scented which is something to note, but it feels very luxe to use! 

Mini eyeliners from advent calendars or subscription boxes always come in handy as they're great for handbags and I rarely ever use a whole pencil up, so the Rock N Kohl Liner from this box is great and is something I've been using everyday since I got it. I pair this with the Full Fat Lashes which I'm still on the fence about, but it's nice that they've used the same packaging and same size brush as the full sized version to make sure you get the same experience when using. 

Two full sized eye products in the box are the Colour Chameleon Amber Haze and Eyes To Mesmerise Jean. I've tried them both in other shades, but it's nice to have the latter in a champagne hue and the former in an easy to wear, long lasting bronze shade. The cream eyeshadow is super gorgeous to wear on it's own, but they actually work very well together to create a bright, yet subtle smokey eye. 
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Advent Calendar Pillow Talk
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Advent Calendar
As you know one of my favourite Charlotte Tilbury products is the Pillow Talk Lipstick and there's a full sized one in this box too! It's such a lovely nude shade, but as I've done a full review of it I won't go into too much detail. It's a gorgeous matte hue that sits perfectly on my lips without clinging to any dry patches and keeps my lips looking full too. 

Another favourite that I've been using for years now is the Wonderglow and honestly it's rekindled the love for me. The miniature size still offers a great deal of product whereby you can really get a feel for what it does. For me, it's greats the perfect base for foundation as it illuminates, smoothes and hydrates. 

I like that there's a lot makeup to try in this but nevertheless it's nice that there are lots of skincare as I've only tried the Goddess Clay Mask before from Charlotte Tilbury. It's already in my collection and I've spoken about it before, but as you use it once or twice a week, the 15ml tube will probably last you about a month perfect for the Christmas season. Similarly, the Take It All Off, an eye makeup remover, is great for if you're travelling over the festive period, but as you only use a small amount of remover each night, this will probably give you a lot of use out of it. 

Lastly it's the Supermodel Body which is a highlighter for your limbs that promises to give the illusions of smoother, softer, firmer skin perfect for if you're getting your legs out for a Christmas party this year. At first I was worried that I would get through the tube quite quickly, but as I tend to use this on my shins, shoulders and collarbones, I actually haven't used too much of it. 

Now onto the surprise - I'm giving away a Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar over on my Instagram today (12/11) and it'll be up for three days, so definitely check it out over at Pintsizedphoto if you don't follow already. 

What do you think of the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Advent Calendar? 

- All products marked with a * in this post are a PR sample. All links are affiliate links -
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